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Geminid Meteor Shower Display Starts Tonight!
12.13.04
 
Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)
News release: 04-292



Attention: News Directors
Monday, Dec. 13
Free Interviews Available


Geminid Meteor Shower Display Starts Tonight!

•  View the annual Geminid meteor shower at its peak, and possibly glimpse up to a hundred meteors an hour!

•  Visible from Sunday until Wednesday evening, the best viewing time for your area is sunset Monday until dawn Tuesday.

•  The source of the Geminid shower is the asteroid Phaethon, which is about three miles wide. Every year in mid-December, Earth plows through the cloud of dust trailing the asteroid. The dust cloud is created from bits and pieces of the asteroid that break off as it travels through space.

•  Bits of the asteroid -- some as small as a grain of sand -- traveling 80,000 mph will hit the Earth's atmosphere, and turn into glowing meteors.

•  Talk to a NASA expert about the Geminid meteor shower and get tips on viewing the shower in your area.

Who: Bill Cooke
Meteor shower expert
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
Contacts:

To schedule interviews:
Grant Thompson, Public Affairs Office
(256) 544-4159

Story information:
Steve Roy (256) 544-0034